Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis and his family showed up at the KidsPeace Trick 'n Trot 5K run in Canton on Saturday morning to support the charity event hosted by Buck and Angela Showalter.
He said he gets full clearance for all activities on Tuesday and is looking forward to a healthy offseason and normal spring training after suffering a broken left thumb after being hit by a pitch from CC Sabathia on Sept. 8.
But he would rather have been looking forward to a World Series game Saturday night at Camden Yards.
"I'd be playing,'' he said.
The thumb injury that cost him the stretch drive and the a chance to appear in the playoffs has healed and there's little question that Markakis would have pushed the envelope to help the Orioles if they had reached the Fall Classic, but now it's all about next season.
"It's going to be fun,'' he said. "It was fun this year ... just bad timing."
Markakis said he also would be happy to return to the leadoff role next season, depending on the makeup of the ballclub. He's still hoping that Brian Roberts can come back and resume his career after a series of injury-shortened seasons, but enjoyed batting at the top of the order and was very successful there until the Sabathia pitch that broke his thumb.